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Directory of plant-based plastic technologies and resources. See also Directory:Plastic and Energy.

Plant-Based Plastic

  • Plant-Based Plastic >
    Can fungi replace plastics? - They can be grown, under certain circumstances, in almost any shape—from flip-flops (no joke!) to candle holders—and be totally biodegradable at the same time. And, if this weren’t enough, they might have the potential to replace plastics one day. (PureEnergyBlog; March 5, 2013)
  • Recycling / Plastic > Plant-Based >
    IBM Creates Plant-Based, Highly Recyclable Plastics - IBM researchers announced yesterday that they discovered a method of creating highly recyclable plastics from one of the most eco-friendly materials around – plants. Not only are the material’s components greener than traditional petroleum-based products, the production process uses significantly less energy. (Inhabitat; March 10, 2010)
  • Simpler, cheaper, biodegradable plastic without using fossil fuels - Polylactic acid (PLA) is growing into wide use as a replacement for petroleum-based plastics. It is made from corn-starch, or other starch-rich substances like maize, sugar or wheat, and is biodegradable. It is used as a material for compost bags, food packaging, and disposable tableware, and also for a number of biomedical applications. Now a team of researchers in South Korea has simplified the production of PLA, making the process much cheaper. (GizMag; November 22, 2009)
  • Biomass / Alt Fuels >
    Plastic and Fuel That Grow On Trees - Chemists have learned how to convert plant biomass directly into a chemical building block that can be used to produce not only fuel, but also plastics, polyester, and industrial chemicals, cheaply and efficiently. (GizMag; May 20, 2009)
  • Potatoes Could be Used for Bioplastics - A report by the University of Maine's Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center says the state's potato industry could benefit by becoming a producer of bioplastics, which are made from plant starch rather than crude oil and petroleum products. Bioplastics can be used to produce carpeting, upholstery fabric and recyclable plastic bottles, the report said. (PhysOrg; June 7, 2007)
  • China's Bio-Chem to Harvest Plastics From Corn - With oil costing more than ever before, Global Bio-Chem Technology Group Co. Ltd., the world's third-largest corn processor, is pinning its hopes on turning the grain into polyester and plastics. (Reuters; Apr. 24, 2006)
  • Natural Plastic - U.S. manufactures 100 billion pounds of plastics a year, non-biodegradable. Metabolics is creating plastics from biological (bacterial engineering) processes, from corn sugar; fully biodegradable; partnering with Archer Daniels Midland. (DiscoveryChannel.ca; April 21, 2005)

See also

GENERAL W2E

PREVENTION OF WASTE

TYPES OF WASTE-TO-ENERGY

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